Louis Zamperini

Birthday: 01/26/17 Mile PR: 4:07.9 (indoors) - 1940
Metric Mile (1500m) PR: 3:52.6 - 1939
High School: Torrance HS
Hometown: Torrance, CA
College: University of Southern California
Current Residence: Hollywood Hills, CA

Personal website: www.louiszamperini.net

Unbroken film website: www.unbrokenfilm.com

Louis Zamperini qualified for the 1936 Berlin Olympics at the age of 19. He was the Olympic Trials co-champion at 5000 meters when he tied with then world record holder Don Lash. Zamperini went on to finish 8th at the 1936 Olympic Games 5000m in 14:46.8 with a sub-60 second final lap. Zamperini's success on the track began in high school when he set a ratified U.S. high school Mile record of 4:21.2 on May 19, 1934 in Los Angeles; his HS Mile record lasted 19 years.

In 1938, Zamperini also set a national collegiate Mile record (4:08.3), which held for fifteen years, earning him the nickname "Torrance Tornado". Louis was a two-time NCAA Mile champion at the University of Southern California (1938 and 1939) and he also led USC to NCAA Outdoor team titles in 1938 and 1939.

The #1 best-selling book "Unbroken" (2010) tells the story of his life and horrific treatment in a Japanese internment camp during World War II. The big screen version of "Unbroken" will be directed by Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie and the release date is Christmas Day 2014. After the war, Zamperini became a social worker and a popular inspirational speaker.

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Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken’ hero was her neighbor all along

February 25, 2014

Zamperini's inspirational story offers a bright light of hope for an often-troubled time.

Gael Fashingbauer Cooper, TODAY.com

Angelina Jolie was looking far and wide for dramatic inspiration, and all the time it was right outside her own front door.

Jolie is directing "Unbroken," the...

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First Look at Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken’

February 20, 2014

Biopic of high school Mile record holder, Olympian and WWII hero Louis Zamperini to hit theaters on Christmas Day 2014

By Amanda Bell, Yahoo Movies

In keeping with the current sense of nationalistic spirit Team USA has been tapping within many by way of Sochi, a first-look preview of Angelina...

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First Look at Unbroken with Angelina Jolie & Louis Zamperini

October 24, 2013

The release date for inspiring story of Miler, Olympian and World War II hero is Christmas Day 2014

By B. Alan Orange, MovieWeb

We're honored to share details on behalf of the Unbroken First Look image, featuring Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie alongside Louis Zamperini, that debuted...

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Leading Man Signed, Release Date Announced for Zamperini Film ‘Unbroken’

July 10, 2013

Louis Zamperini, World War II hero, qualified for the 1936 Berlin Olympics at the age of 19; filming spring 2014; Christmas 2014 release

By Donna Littlejohn, Daily Breeze

With the leading man and a release date announced Wednesday, the long-awaited film "Unbroken" about Torrance icon Louis...

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Heroes of Running: Louie Zamperini

December 18, 2012

Running helped Zamperini foster the resilience he needed to endure captivity during WWII.

By Laura Hillenbrand, Runner's World

It was the spring of 1944, the height of World War II. In a Japanese torture camp, a captured American stood, ravaged by illness and shockingly emaciated, surrounded...

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Louis Zamperini’s Epic Life May Finally Get Its Hollywood Movie

January 25, 2013

By Donna Littlejohn,  Los Angeles Daily News

Talk about a made-for-Hollywood plot.

Encompassing the sweep of the 1936 Berlin Olympics, 47 days adrift in the Pacific evading sharks and the jarring brutality of two years in a Japanese POW camp, it's a story that plumbs the depths of one man's...

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A Century of Greatness: Louie Zamperini

September 14, 2012

By Fox Sports West

In honor or California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section's (CIF-SS) 100th anniversary FOX Sports West salutes some of the CIF-SS's best athletes. In this segment Fox Sports highlights Torrance, CA native and World War II veteran Louis Zamperini, who, on May 19,...

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Louis Zamperini at 94, Is Still ‘Unbroken’ After All These Years

August 02, 2012

He was an Olympic athlete in Berlin where he met Hitler, a Prisoner of War of the Japanese during World War II, and is still sharing his Christian faith

By Dan Wooding, ASSIST Ministries

HOLLYWOOD HILLS, Calif. -- I have interviewed some extraordinary people in my more than 43 years as a...

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Lou Zamperini dishes it out, even at Pete Carroll

June 18, 2012

Event draws 95-year-old former USC athlete whose book about his odyssey during World War II is a bestseller. His stories at a fundraiser include jabs at the former Trojans football coach.

By TJ Simers, Los Angeles Times

Pete Carroll is back in town and onstage. He's sitting beside Lou...

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Louis Zamperini on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno

June 07, 2012

Louis Zamperini, 95, was recently featured on NBC's Tonight Show with Jay Leno, sitting next to actor & director Catherine Zeta-Jones. Louis discusses his experience growing up in Los Angeles as a "rotten kid", the 1936 Olympics and rooming with Jesse Owens, and his incredible story during WWII...

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